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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Baalke said he reached out to Gregg Williams

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat is running an AP article indicating Trent Baalke reached out to renegade former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. At his news conference today, Baalke certainly said he reached out to Williams and he called Williams a friend. I am not sure I take Baalke at his word. He was trying to be political and non-confrontational and he also was trying to tell the media just about nothing in all areas including Williams and the draft.… Read More »

Is Gregg Williams’ rant business as usual in NFL?

Here is my Gregg Williams column, as I promised earlier today. In this I ask if Williams’ paying of bounties to hurt opposing players and if his rant the night before the Niners playoff game is business as usual in the National Football League. Remember, he told his players to hit Kyle Williams in the head and maybe cause another concussion and he seemed to be offering money to the first New Orleans Saints defender to get a chin shot… Read More »

Gregg Williams — the horror, the horror

Michael Silver, formerly of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, provided the following audio for Yahoo. It is Gregg Williams exhorted his New Orleans Saints defensive unit to hurt and maim the San Francisco 49ers before their playoff game. He clearly is telling them to cheat and never to apologize. This audio should really cook Williams’ goose and I hope it gets him a lifetime ban from the NFL. It is amusing he tells his players never to apologize and later,… Read More »


I’m writing a column about Alex Smith for Thursday, one on Bountygate for Friday. But a quick note on Bountygate. I’m glad Sean Payton is banned a year. It should be for life. With Gregg Williams it may very well be for life. Let’s be clear. There’s a difference between a game and assault. Simple as that.